A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Howard Willis

Our nationwide network of solicitors help claimants across the country to keep more of their personal injury settlement with our fairer success fees.

Whether you are based in Bothwell or anywhere else in the UK, Quittance can will handle your claim and we will always arrange a medical report at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you have been injured, or were diagnosed with an injury or illness, in the last three years and another party owed you a duty of care, Quittance's panel of solicitors can help you make a claim for financial compensation.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

Compensation A claim must usually be made within 3 years of an injury.

Claimants who have received a diagnosis of a medical condition or illness such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date of diagnosis that is important.

To win a personal injury case, it must be shown that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that your injury or illness was caused by that breach.

The solicitor will discuss these issues and will explain how they apply to your claim.

How much can I claim?

The financial compensation you are likely to get will depend on a number of points. Our compensation calculator gives you a good idea of the compensation you could get for your injuries, lost earnings and any other losses.

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Work accident claims in Bothwell

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped people, from scaffolding erectors to barrister's clerks, to claim maximum compensation for their injuries.

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Road traffic accident claims in Bothwell

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's group of qualified no win no fee solicitors have vast experience in obtaining optimum general and special damages for people hurt in a car accident in Bothwell.

Road accidents involving cars, motorcycles and other vehicles in Bothwell are not uncommon. Police reporters reveal that there were a total of 619 accidents (544 slight accidents, 69 serious accidents and 6 fatal accidents) in 2013 in South Lanarkshire local authority. In 2014 accidents increased to 657. Accidents in the Bothwell region in 2013 included crashes on the dual carriageway of the A725 and B7071 roundabout and on the single carriageway of the A721 and B758 junction.

Read more: No win, no fee road accident claims

Other injury claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Officially recorded figures underscore the fact that employee slips and trips are the most common cause of accidents leading to injury at work. Slips, trips and falls are quite often the cause of injuries attributed to other reasons for instance being hit by machinery, being trapped by something or an electrocution accident. Public place claims for injuries such as broken toes sustained on poorly maintained paths are also quite prevalent with slips and trips having happened on Thorniewood Rd and on Main St.

Medical negligence in Bothwell

Medical negligence (clinical negligence) is the term used when a patient is injured due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's lack of care. Our specialist panel of injury lawyers can help you claim compensation from the NHS hospital or clinic that was at fault.

If you are only looking for closure or answers instead of financial compensation, you could use the NHS Resolution process. You can contact Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, for example, to raise a complaint against NHS Lanarkshire.

Read more: No win, no fee clinical negligence claim

Bothwell lawyers for serious injury compensation

Quittance understand the critical difference injury compensation can make to people affected by severe injury.

Compensation should lessen the financial burden and take the pressure off an injured claimant and their family so they can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. Quittance's network of expert solicitors correspond with the Courts, doctors and insurers, helping to ensure families affected by major accidents get the legal and medical support they need.

Read more: No win, no fee catastrophic injury claims

Bothwell No Win, No Fee Solicitors

You can confidently make a claim without any financial risk with Quittance's No Win, No Fee guarantee. Our national network of solicitors cover Bothwell and across the UK.

Find out more about No win, no fee compensation.

Meet our team

Quittance's national panel of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Bothwell and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and catastrophic injury claims. Selected for their track record in winning claims, our lawyers have years of dedicated experience.

To meet more of our team, click here.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Jessica Thompson Workplace Stress Panel Solicitor
Ross Slater Scottish Panel Personal Injury Solicitor

What experience do your solicitors have of claims in Bothwell?

Quittance Legal Services is a nationwide network of award winning personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping people injured in Bothwell, Lanarkshire and across the UK, recover injury compensation.

Last year, we have helped hundreds of people throughout Lanarkshire seek compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including injuries sustained from a fall at work and car accidents.

With a success rate of over 90%, we offer a service that is as stress-free as possible. Local medical appointments, home visits (if required) and experienced claims specialists, means you can focus on your recovery.

Frequently asked questions

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You won't have to pay a penny to start a claim.

Finding the right lawyer for you

You will be liaising with your lawyer for a long period of time, from months for minor and moderate injury to over a year for matters involving serious injury. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates all solicitors, however service levels can vary.

Considering the effect your lawyer can have on your life and your recovery, picking an injury lawyer to fit your requirements is an important first step.

Compensation is restricted by the expenses you have incurred and by guidelines set out by the Judicial College. Experience can also have an impact on the amount of compensation your solicitor will be able to negotiate. Find out more here.

Solicitors working on a No Win, No Fee basis generally charge a success fee and for ATE insurance. Deductions from a claimant's compensation for severe tinnitus, for example, ranges from ?23,980 to ?36,850 (based on 2015 market data).

Do I need to go with a local Bothwell injury lawyer ?

Going for a local law firm is not especially relevant as cases are usually run by phone and email.

You will need to go with a solicitors' firm that provides medical facilities near you as you will usually be expected to go to an independent medical examination.

Comparing Bothwell personal injury solicitors - online reviews

Discussing you claim with a solicitor is useful if you have any questions about their approach. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels taken by individual firms.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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